White Dog and Steve lie together on the sofa, both softly snoring, both exhausted and a little achy from over exertion. Today marked the official switch from Winter Sunday Activities to our Spring-Summer-until first frost Program! It focuses much much more on the out-of-doors and is a little more physically challenging that the Restorative Yoga and Home Cooking Feasts that define the colder time. We are at the Nature Center in the morning by 10, Gregg, Candace and Steve dressed and prepped to bike ride the awesome network of trails we have in Albuquerque. After a warm-up walk to prepare for the chase games,White Dog, Dragon, myself...and now Quinn set up home base under the giant cottonwood with water, a lookout blanket for the jackrabbit and road runner trackers, jerky treats, a sketchbook and a decent book to read. The riders ride about 29 miles while we back at camp scout for hopping/running intruders, sniff the landscape, (and usually just me--the furkids have more exciting things to do) read and draw.
Today was Quinn's virgin attempt at chasing road runners (as best we can tell) so White Dog and Dragon went way over the top in showing him the heart pounding effort and drama involved...the snap to attention and swivel until you spot him...the slinking unobserved to sneak as close as possible...the springing into action while barking like a lunatic...the flat out run to chase the bird...and the final frenzy of warning barks and threats to the road runner as he is treed or escapes under the fence. Then, the proud prance back to the blanket for a drink of water, a bite of chicken (pretend it is road runner) jerky, a final bark, and then settling in for the wait again.
Everyone, readers, hunters, and riders had a fine time and were more than a little hungry after...which led us to another difference in Winter to Summer Sunday Routines...dining al fresco with the pups. Today it was at Sophia's where there is a big water bowl set out and bacon for all (with a slightly broader menu for the humans).